Single-mindedly working towards tailoring career paths of students seeking higher education abroad, AEMS has emerged as a well-established one-stop solution provider for every aspect of the process of going to the United States for seeking higher education.
Whether it is educational, financial or personal assistance; or it is the stage-wise procedure from university selection up to reaching the university’s dorms, we at AEMS stand next to you and lead you towards the right direction, every step of the way.
So that you, the student, can make an informed decision for availing higher education we at AEMS leave no stone unturned. Over the years and after attending several training sessions each of our experts has acquired the ability to package your application to ensure a positive response. Our mission is to provide ethical and unbiased counselling to you and help you choose a course that suits your profile.
We place right students at the right Institutions; a feat that is reflected in our position among the first 40 agencies certified by American International Recruitment Council. If you are a student who dreams to avail higher education in the US, we have the expertise to ensure that your dreams come true.
USA: YOUR MOST PREFERRED DESTINATION – WHY?
- US degrees are globally recognized, your qualification is the most powerful tool for launching your International career
- Flexible and practical education systems – you can set your career goals and seek required knowledge in subjects of your choice
- World renowned Faculty accessible by you as an individual students; small classes
- Technologically most advanced; perhaps the best infrastructure
- The academic institutions are capable to attract International students on their own; they don’t depend on any support or preferential treatment from immigration department
- USA is the hub of Technology and Research; you benefit from first-hand knowledge of cutting edge technologies coupled with excellent research opportunities
- Most institutions are a melting point of world cultures with students from all over the world; you will gain maximum International exposure
- A vast variety of disciplines can cater to the entire spectrum of your interests and aptitudes
Typically, you must complete twelve years of primary and secondary education before entering a Post-secondary Educational Institutions in the US, which are known either as a college or university (but are also often informally referred to as schools).
- Commonly consists of two to four years of study
- You qualify for an Associates Degree on completion of first 2 years
- A Bachelors Degree requires 4 years of education
- You can study in a 2-Year Community College that offers an Associate degree and than go on to complete your Bachelor’s in a 4-year college or University
- The first, second, third and fourth undergraduate years are commonly called ‘Freshman’, ‘Sophomore’, ‘Junior’ and ‘Senior’ years respectively
- Your chosen field of concentration for a Bachelor’s Degree is known as ‘Major’; You can also enrol in another field of study for a ‘Double Majors’ or ‘Minor’
So what is the difference between a 3-year degree acquired from India or any other commonwealth country versus a 4-year degree from US?
As Americans believe that the general education component is equally important and, in fact, prepares graduates for the graduate education and/or work life, they devote two years for general education classes and basic classes in the major, referred to as the lower division. More specialized classes in the major are taken in upper division.
The most common method consists of 4 years of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts (BA), a Bachelor of Science (BS), or sometimes another bachelor‘s degree such as Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), or Bachelor of Engineering (BEng). This apart, there is a 5-year Professional Architecture program that offers Bachelor of Architecture Degree (BArch).
In the US, professional degrees such as law, medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry, are not offered at the undergraduate level and are completed as graduate studies after earning a bachelor‘s degree. While these professional fields do not require a specific undergraduate major, medicine, pharmacy and dentistry have set prerequisite courses that must be taken before enrolment. Additionally, students with other majors (i.e. Biology or Chemistry) are also eligible to apply to professional programs if they have met the pre-requisites.
- On completion of 4-Years’ Bachelors’, you qualify for Graduate or Professional Education in US
- Many US institutions now accept a 3-Years’ Bachelor Degree from a recognised Foreign University
- A Masters’ degree from an accredited University will generally qualify you to pursue Doctoral programs in another similarly accredited institution
- Some institutions are more focused on Research and provide opportunities for Post-Doctoral research
In the US, the term graduate education refers to the study after obtaining an initial four-year degree and sometimes after several years of professional work to obtain a master‘s degree, a doctoral degree, or a professional degree. Also, importantly, every student aspiring to study in the US should know that each of these degrees has a variety of formats, depending on the institution awarding the degree and the subject matter pursued.
Common examples of master‘s degrees include a Master of Arts (MA), (which typically refers to work in the social sciences) Master of Science (MS), Master of Engineering (MEng), Master of Business Administration (MBA), or other less common master‘s degrees such as Master of Education (MEd), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), or Master of Architecture (MArch).
Some programs, such as medicine, have formal apprenticeship procedures such as residency and/or internship which must be completed after graduation and as a pre-requisite one to being fully trained. Other professional programs like law and business have no formal apprenticeship requirements after graduation. However, law school graduates must take the bar exam in order to legally practice law in nearly all states.
In the US, students with bachelor’s degrees may apply directly into doctoral programs without first earning master’s degrees in some majors. Optionally, in conjunction with the completion of a master‘s degree or after additional years of studies, students can earn a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or other doctoral degree, such as Doctor of Education (EdD), Doctor of Theology (DTh), Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD), etc.
With over 4000 post-secondary academic institutions, USA remains an unequivocal leader in the field of Education. These are generally divided on the basis of qualifications they offer, programs they teach and the governance or ownership.
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Public College & Universities
Majority of public universities are operated by states and territories. Each state supports at least one state university and may support many more. Sometimes, local cities and counties also support colleges and universities.
Private Colleges & Universities
Private colleges and universities are those which do not receive their primary support from any government entity. Furthermore, private institutions can be divided into non-profit and for-profit institutions. For-profit institutions tend to be more focused on careers and technical education.
In India, you have seen several Colleges managed by different ‘Trusts’ or ‘Education Societies’, all affiliated to a common University; while these institutions provide education, the Degree is given by the University. In the USA, the institutions are accredited by various accreditation bodies of their choice and based on such accreditation they award degrees themselves. There are “Colleges” who have opted not to be a “University”; yet, their Masters’ and Doctoral degrees are highly respected.
Similarly, the common nouns like “State”, “National”, “American” or any of the 50 states DO NOT indicate that they are necessarily Government institutions. With the exception of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine institutions, USA does not have a “National” University. This is not to say that these institutions are frauds; in fact, some of these Universities are highly reputed places of learning and research.
For example, National University of San Diego, California, is a private university, Murray State University is a public university; the University of Pennsylvania, by contrast, is a private institution.
- Each university is different
- Processes may vary across programs even within the same university
- Early Decision: Students may apply early and even get accepted early but must it also means that they should accept their offer – even before they know scholarship status
- Rolling Admissions: Students are admitted on a first come first serve basis.
- Pooling Admissions: Students apply by a certain date, committee reviews all applications, and all decisions are made at once.
- U.S. universities typically do not publish entry requirements
- They do not publish averages or minimum requirements
- Admitting students based solely on qualitative components is not highly regarded
- U.S. universities see value in file review process i.e. reading essays, selecting students and so on
- U.S. law requires admission decisions to be made in U.S.
- Fall (August-September) is the main intake for all students in US
- Some universities allow intake in the winter/spring (January)
- Programs rarely start in summer (April/May)
Throughout the USA, the Grade Point Average System is followed to evaluate the student’s academic performance. It is graded on a scale of 0 to 4. To convert the student’s academic grades into the GPA, a credential evaluation needs to be done.
Eligibility in General
- Strong Academic Background
- For undergraduate: 10+2
- For Graduate: 16 years of education (10+2+4)
- Some Institutes accept 15 years of education to their Masters/Bridge Program
- Good scores in English and Aptitude Tests (Standardized Tests)
- A well-written SOP/Essay/Resume
- Strong reference letters
- Strong Financial background or sparkling academics for scholarships
At AEMS, we have segregated the entire process of getting admissions in foreign schools into six parts.
We appreciate that deciding to study overseas is an once-in-a-lifetime incidence that will change your life forever. Our expert counsellors make their recommendations on the basis of a thorough assessment of your academics, career objectives and available resources after analysis of:
- Your answers to our questionnaire of 101 questions
- Your personal interview
- Your hidden skills
Each of you who join us is hand held through all these six stages by councillors and experts. Let us have a quick look at how we at AEMS help you at every stage.
Program / Institution Selection
We at AEMS make sure that you make informed decisions when it comes to selecting a University. We maintain a huge database of programs, institutions, destinations and specialities of a large number of Institutions.
Over 60 leading Universities and Colleges recognize us as one of their official International Recruiters. Several other reputed institutions receive and evaluate applications of our students, though we do not represent them. In any case, we recognize you as our customer and give priority to your needs and choices.
We encourage you to initiate this process at least one year – preferably 18 months – in advance. This will enable you to identify entrance and language tests and qualifying scores you must target for admission and scholarships
Apply early, remember: An early bird builds its own nest sooner than others. We extract checklists for each University and also show you samples of ideal applications, which will make the application process simpler and smoother. Include all the required documents in order to avoid delays and confusion.
It is important to have sufficient funds for your tuition and living expenses for studying in the USA. At the same time, it is important to remember that between 80 – 95% of students receive partial or full financial support in many reputed Universities and Institutions in form of Scholarship, Assistantship, Loans, Financial Aid and even Distress-assistance.
Though you can apply for International Student Scholarships after receiving your I20, it is advisable to seek the scholarship while applying for the admission.
Your application for the Scholarship is evaluated on following:
- Top Scholarships for Top Talent
- Sparkling Academics
- Contents of your SOP, Quality of Essays and Compilation of application packets
- Aptitude and Entrance Test Scores
- Your Interview
We will help you select an appropriate scholarship and apply for the same. One of our students has succeeded in earning scholarship as high as US$ 16000/- while most others applying early receive between US$ 5,000/- to 12,000/-
A test score is an easy and unbiased way to compare different students. Although, good scores alone do not guarantee admission they help in getting scholarships.
As part of the application process, most programs require one or more US standardized Test Scores like TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, GMAT, SAT, etc. We are undoubtedly an ideal Coaching Centre for TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, GMAT and SAT. Our faculty works as hard as you do to help you get the required scores.
Our Coaching Centre Highlights
- Pioneers in Coaching with 15+ years of experience and mentor 12000+ students.
- Well experienced faculties with more than 15 years of experience.
- Extremely well designed materials.
- More than 150 hours of rigorous classroom training to ensure great results.
- Regular tests conducted each week to monitor student’s progress.
- 30+ Mock tests conducted to boost up the student’s confidence before appearing for the test.
- Individual assessments, evaluation and feedback by the faculties every weekend to plan future course of action.
- One to One doubt solving sessions to ensure success in test.
- Special evening batches for working professionals.
- Crash courses available.
- Assistance to book your test date.
US Student Visa is the last and easiest formality for a genuine student having adequate finances for pursuing a recognized Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree course from an accredited US institution.
The important thing is to give truthful answers and present valid and genuine documents when asked for. Start preparing for Visa simultaneously with your admission application. There are many documents that remain either common or connected and it is extremely important to maintain continuity between the two.
Your future is secured with us as we worry as much as you do. It is our job to guide you every step of the way, make you have a clear vision of your plans after completing studies via day-long training and confidence boosting workshops that we organise. Based on extensive research, AEMS experts work with you to reduce your fears, clear myths that cloud your moves and walk you through the interviews instead of making you mug up your answers.
These experts also help you do extensive research on the US education system, about the University or college applied for and the course among many other important aspects.
PRE DEPARTURE BREIFING/POST LANDING SERVICES
Our pre departure briefing includes details about the weather, economy, people, transport, currency travel arrangements, things you should carry, baggage rules and much more.
We liaise with your destination institute for your airport pickup, accommodation and logistics at the destination as well as your stay arrangements on the day of your landing.
Student Life at U.S. Institutes
Your success is largely attributed to the connection you make with faculty, staff and other students. And, it helps that we at AEMS educated you about the kind of life one can live in the US rather than you going all the way to a foreign land and discovering a whole new world. For example, each of you at AEMS will be educated about the campus facilities of your college and university as each institution has its unique campus facilities. Let’s have a quick at some:
Housing is available on campus and off campus.
- Easy access to Campus, Acculturation and Campus Involvement are the major advantages of staying on campus while disadvantages are less privacy and cost.
- You might face transportation challenges in off campus accommodation. However, at the same time it is more private and competitive.
Many campuses have an active campus life that includes lot of extracurricular activities that includes social events, concerts and cultural events, community opportunities, athletics and physical recreation and many more. They also have Student Governments, Clubs, Fraternities and Sororities.
Employment Regulations for International Students:
You can work in On-campus jobs for a maximum of 20 hours per week when the academic session is on. You must search for the available jobs after you have finished all the formalities and found yourself a proper accommodation. Please remember that your MAIN and only objective is to study and equip yourself with a good degree that qualifies you to find jobs anywhere in the world; part-time employment can only subsidize your finances, not replace it. You may work full-time (40 hours per week) during the scheduled breaks between semesters.
Curricular Practical Training / Optional Practical Training
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) in a running business or institution provides you hands-on experience, which is an integral part of your curriculum and is usually required for Credit. These are offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is an opportunity for you to gain work experience to complement your academic program. You are eligible for one year of OPT on obtaining a US degree requiring a minimum of 12 months study; if the degree falls under STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Designated Degree Program List, OPT may be extended by another 17 months (Maximum 29 months).